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1FOR THE ULTRALIGHT


SCOUTER: LIFESTRAW $20, BUYLIFESTRAW.COM Don’t like carrying that bulky water purification system? If access to a stream or a water source isn’t a challenge, carry LifeStraw instead. This tube lets you drink straight from a running stream, zapping bacteria and protozoa as you sip. Plus, you can also purchase the LifeStraw Go ($35) to add the device to a water bottle.


NATURE’S COFFEE KETTLE Starting at $6, NATURESCOFFEEKETTLE.COM


2FOR THE SCOUTMASTER- TURNED-BARISTA:


Many troops and crews charge one leader with a very important campout assignment: barista. Ditch instant coffee thanks to this kettle, which uses coffee pods and boiling water to brew up to four cups of java. The compact kettle requires no cleanup and can be reused up to three times.


3FOR THE TECH-SAVVY


SCOUTER: GOTENNA $150 for two devices, GOTENNA.COM Stay connected to your group — even without cell service — thanks to GoTenna, a small device that attaches to your pack, syncs with an app on your cellphone and lets you communicate with other off-grid GoTenna users near you. If someone gets lost, use the device (paired with the GoTenna app) to send a location pin. It’s similar to a walkie-talkie, but uses texts, has delivery confirmation and automatic retry, and integrates with your always- present cellphone.


4FOR THE FIT SCOUTER:


TIMEX IRONMAN ONE GPS+ Starting at $399, TIMEX.COM Seeking new motivation to get fit (or maintain your fitness) so you can keep up with busy Scouts? The One GPS+ lets you listen to your favorite playlist on wireless Bluetooth headphones, use the touch-screen display to send a quick text and — oh, yeah — go for a run or walk without the weight of your phone dragging you down. The smartwatch tracks your distance and pace, in addition to featuring a live-tracking option so your friends can see your location.


5FOR THE STEM-CENTRIC SCOUTER: BIOLITE


KETTLECHARGE $150, BIOLITESTOVE.COM Charge your phone or tablet in the outdoors with thermoelectric power. The KettleCharge fills with water and can be heated atop your existing stove like a tea kettle. It uses the heat from boiling water to provide up to 10 watts of working power. We can already envision a “how it works” discussion with Scouts during your next campout.


6FOR DR. SCOUTMASTER: BLIST-O-BAN ADHESIVE


BANDAGES BY SAWYER $8, SAWYER.COM How many blisters have you popped during your tenure as a Scouter? Wait, don’t answer that question. Now you can fight blisters with a blister — a fake one, that is. Adhere the ultrathin Blist-o-Ban sticker to your foot (or a Scout’s foot) so that the air pocket located within the adhesive can prevent future blisters.


7FOR THE PREPARED SCOUTER: YUMBUTTER


GO-ANYWHERE POUCH $8 per pouch, YUMBUTTER.COM If you’ve ever experienced “bonk” during a hike, you know the importance of carrying on-the-go snacks. Try a pouch of Yumbutter almond butter. The smooth snack delivers delicious protein, healthy fats and will result in an energy boost. (Also available in flavors like Spicy Thai Peanut Butter, Sunflower Butter, Cran & Coco butter and more.) Plus, with the purchase of each jar or pouch, your money helps feed malnourished families in Guatemala.


8FOR THE CAMP-IN- COMFORT SCOUTER: EXPEDITION ASYM CLASSIC


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USE YOUR GIFT CARDS ON … Check out three new-to-market items available in early 2015.


BIG AGNES MTNGLO TENTS (PRICING TO BE ANNOUNCED): This line of tents ranging from an ultralight option to a basecamp model features integrated LED lighting in the tent powered by a small rechargeable device. No more digging around in your tent in the dark because you can’t find your flashlight. bigagnes.com


KELTY CAPTURE PACK ‘ACTION POCKET’ (STARTING AT $70): Forget about growing a third arm to help you record awesome footage of your mountain-biking adventures. This pack features a special pocket for your phone located front and center. kelty.com/actionpocket.aspx


SEA TO SUMMIT X-POT ($30-$50): This collapsible silicone bowl has an aluminum base so you can use it to cook directly on a heat source. Available in various sizes, and each pot comes with a clear lid and built-in strainer. seatosummit.com


BY HENNESSY HAMMOCK $160, HENNESSYHAMMOCK.COM Elevate a night spent under the stars with this all-purpose hammock. The Expedition Asym Classic includes a detachable rain fly, mosquito netting, webbing that’s designed to protect tree bark and a stuff sack. Your back will thank you.


8 NOVEMBER•DECEMBER 2014¿ SCOUTING 35


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